Saturday, August 28, 2010

Kenya Report: New Constitution

This past week, the eastern African country, Kenya has ratified and signed a new constitution. The truly historic document, that decentralizes power from the president to local community governments, will serve as a check and balance against tyrannical corruption.

This new document, hailed as the most significant political event since Kenya’s independence nearly a half-century ago: (as reported by the AP) part of a reform package that President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga committed themselves to after signing a power-sharing deal in February 2008. That deal ended violence that killed more than 1,000 people after Kenya’s disputed December 2007 presidential vote. (AP)

Thousands and thousands of Kenyans and VIP international guests celebrated in Kenyan capital, Nairobi's Uhuru Park.

With this development, Kenya, already one of the world's fastest growing economies, will only attract more international investment because of less corruption and better governance. Additionally, this will serve as a template for other African nations.

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